The Excellent, Modern Online Casino Platforms Make Gaming More Fun Than Ever

By Ben Hamill - November 30 2016

I wonder if the whole aspect of online casino platforms for PC and mobile is as confusing to you as it is to me. To start off, there are some terms that are actually the same thing; they are simply used interchangeably by different casinos or casino game developers. So, we have instant play or java, or browser-based, or flash! As far as I can tell these are all the same.

Let's Give a Rousing Cheer to Our Favourite Browser

The term browser alone threatened to send me to the funny farm until someone, in whose debt I shall forever be, explained it to me. When you build a house, you build the base first. Then you put up the walls and finally the roof. So far, so good. After all, I have lived in houses most of my life.

Websites also sit on a base but the base is called a "browser" and is controlled by an independent company that allows websites to take up residence on it. Whereas the base for any building is finite—it's meant to fit the building—a browser is for all practical purposes infinite. In that way hundreds of thousands or millions of websites can fit on the browser.

When I Was Young a Platform Was a Type of Woman's Garment

The next term I had to confront was platform. Online casino platforms are software that sits on the browser either directly or through the casino. So, java, instant play, flash, and browser-based are all platforms that sit on the browser directly. The platform that you access through the casino itself is called the download platform.

Browser-Based is Quite a Mouthful

I don't know about you but I'm cool with the term land-based when we talk about a casino but the term browser-based had my head spinning. So here's what I've learned about browser-based platforms: When you're on an online casino, you've reached it through a browser which is the data base of websites. If you want to play online casino games on a browser-based platform, the casino you're on may call it instant play, java, flash, or browser-based. To make things easier, I'll use "instant" to cover these types of platforms.

Download Platform

This is the platform most people played at until the instant platform became far more user friendly. Still, today, download platforms usually offer more games than instant play platforms. However, many gamers are finding that the ease of use is so good on instant play platforms that they completely eschew the download platforms.

That's quite all right, actually. Instant play has improved so much in the last few years that there is now little difference in the quality of the interface and the graphics between an instant play platform and a download platform. Another aspect of modern computer use is the proliferation of heavy downloads, be they games, movies, music, or whatever. Many gamers choose to play on online casino platforms for instant play rather than forego downloading the other entertainments they desire or to expensively upgrade their computer.


Anything that's on the internet is subject to hackers so every platform must be secure. Casinos employ sophisticated encryption to safeguard the integrity of their games and, especially, to safeguard the free passage of money to and from the casino and player. It doesn't matter, in this regard, if you're playing in instant play or on a download platform; the hackers are out to get you so you must be sure that the casino you want to play at is super safe.

Casinos invite dispassionate companies that specialize in such safety verification. eCogra is the best known.

Mobile Platforms

It wasn't very long ago that mobile interfaces were far less clear than PC interfaces. That has changed dramatically in the last few years. Nowadays, with so many large screen smartphones and tablets, the convenience of mobile has finally been married to the kind of visual quality we have come to expect from our PC. You can also hook up your computer to your widescreen television and play as if you were at a land-based casino.


Online gaming was always more convenient than travelling to a casino. With the high quality of instant, download, phone, mobile, tablet, and every other kind of gaming platform around the convenience comes through more than ever!

One final word about mobility and convenience. When you have joined a casino through your PC platform, you also join their mobile, phone, and tablet platform. This is important because the best casinos have one account for all the different platforms you can play at. If you're playing a promotion, going for lots of loyalty points, or working through your wagering requirement, it's good to know that in the world of online casino platforms to a large extent, one size fits all.